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    For sale: Gothic Revival homes

    These properties--in Taunton, Westborough, and New Bedford--will delight old-house lovers.

    $449,000

    20 CHESTNUT STREET / TAUNTON

    SQUARE FOOTAGE > 4,887

    LOT SIZE > 0.79 acre

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    BEDROOMS > 6 BATHS > 4 full, 1 half

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    LAST SOLD FOR > $325,000 in 2000

    Bob Hamilton, Olde Dartmouth Sotheby’s International Realty, 508-996-6562, oldedartmouthsir.com

    PROS We’ve come to think of “gothic” as somber, but the color scheme on this asymmetrical 1850 Gothic Revival is quite cheerful. Renovated in 2000, it has pumpkin-pine floors, seven fireplaces — all but one of which work — and beautiful interior shutters. The kitchen has stainless appliances, white cabinets, and unusual granite. An in-law suite is at the back. There’s AC and a three-car garage. Gothic details include pointed-arch windows and decorated gables. CONS The buyer may opt to update some baths.

    $588,000

    7 HIGH STREET / WESTBOROUGH

    SQUARE FOOTAGE > 4,904

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    LOT SIZE > 0.6 acre

    BEDROOMS > 6 BATHS > 4 full, 1 half

    LAST SOLD FOR > Unknown, in 1962

    Mary Wood, RE/Max Executive Realty, 508-958-0225, callmarywood.com

    PROS It took eight years to build this 1877 Gothic Revival home. Though updating is needed, its striking original details — stained glass, pocket doors, uncommon staircase — are, amazingly, pristine. The large entry hall is bedecked in quartersawn oak. The living room has a small fireplace with brown tiles depicting Shakespearean scenes. The windows and doorways are tall. Over the years, apartments were added on the third floor and at the back of the house. Windows and boiler are recent. CONS New owners will want to remove the aluminum siding and do some remodeling, notably to kitchen and baths.

    $595,000

    19 IRVING STREET / NEW BEDFORD

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    SQUARE FOOTAGE > 4,962

    LOT SIZE > 0.27 acre

    BEDROOMS > 4 BATHS > 3 full, 1 half

    LAST SOLD FOR > First time on market

    Will Milbury, Milbury and Company, 508-525-5200, milburyre.com

    PROS The William J. Rotch House graces the cover of two books on architecture. With highly decorated bargeboards along the gables, an oriel window in front, drip moldings, and pointed arches galore, it’s an outstanding example of the Gothic Revival style. Still owned by descendants of Rotch, the 1846 home has been well tended. A small solarium off the living room has lovely panels painted with birds. The library has beautiful built-ins. CONS The kitchen feels right, but buyers may want to update it and baths.

    — Vanessa Parks